Reptar – Amanda
Reptar are all bells and brass with their latest track “Amanda.” The video is the type of weirdo trip you’d expect from the Athens, Georgia band, but the song is as sweet as a peach. Their previous single, “Cable,” would sound great next to All Tiny Creatures on a mixtape, and Reptar’s debut off of Lurid Glow ties the two nicely together.
Reptar plays Madison, Wisconsin tonight at The Frequency – be sure to bring your dancing shoes because every time I’ve seen them it’s turned into a one big party.
Lurid Glow dropped March 31st. Find more tour dates here.
JMSN – Price
JMSN is just too much. Everything Christian Berishaj puts out pendulates between swoon and giggle – he has blessed us with some straight-up baby-making music so nostalgic that it’s either high art or born of a sweetly unabashed love for the silk-pajama-clad past. Either way, it’s endearing, and you’ll soon be singing along while alternately waving the haters off and pulling down the emotion with your clenched fists.
Doomtree – Final Boss
“Final Boss” is the first track on Doomtree‘s excellent album All Hands and it comes hard. The Minneapolis collective’s hearts might be cold but there’s a fire burning behind their eyes. Watch the crew slay lyrically and literally, then get right back up to do it again.
Check out the mixtape Paper Tiger made us here.
Beach Baby – Ladybird
“Ladybird” by London’s Beach Baby has a golden haze that perfectly captures the late-summer ennui of our youth. The sunshine and freedom still make the days better than most, but there’s still that nagging sense that something’s lacking nipping at your heels. The Virgin Suicides homage of the video works well here, giving it the right hint of sadness without actually tipping into the drama our teenage selves often imagined surrounded us.
Babes – Isn’t It Love?
This video from Babes is totally ridiculous and totally wonderful. The song is a dreamy country-tinged lament buoyed by a narrator with stars in her eyes, and the visuals are befitting of a late-night 80s infomercial trying to capitalize on the success of Devo’s “Whip It.” Baby Bird to Flaps to Roig’s Choice – you, too, can whip up a potential love interest.
Dry the River – Everlasting Light
This was not the sound I was expected when I tuned in to the newest video from UK band Dry the River. My only experience with them had been catching them at the Spotify House a couple of years ago during SXSW, and that performance was stripped down and folky. The gloves are off with “Everlasting Light,” and while it’s a bit more aggressive, the push is not unwelcome.
Stumbleine f/ Violet Skies – We’re Shadows
A beautiful rippling pulse carries this track, the latest from Peter Cooper’s Stumbleine. The song’s unrest and sadness is perfectly put on display with expressionless teens floating adrift and striking hooded figures who seem to be in control.